By Don Smith: Arizona Junior welterweight Chris Lopez (5-1) dropped his first fight at the hands of Jerren Cochran (7-0) in Los Angeles California , December 15. Cochran walked away with a UD (4 rounds) and a chance to graduate to six rounders and bigger paychecks.
Lopez heads back to Arizona where he may or may not fight on the Mayhem in Mesa card which is being promoted by Crank it up promotions and scheduled for January 18 at the Arizona Event Center in Mesa.
Middleweight Johnny Jackson (Calderon’s Hitman’s Gym) is turning professional in early 2013.
Middleweight Gabriel Hemingway (Grant Park Gym)is still looking for his pro debut fight....
Super Middleweight Andrew "Hurricane" Hernandez is scheduled to appear before the Nevada Boxing Commission on January 8 sometime between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. depending on the number of items on the agenda.
According to Keith Kizer form the Nevada State Athletic Commission 14 fighters failed their standard drug test in 2012, so far.
Austin "No Doubt" Trout, WBA Light Middleweight Champion, was scheduled to appear at the NX Level Store at Metro Center in Phoenix 12/28 for a meet and greet session that included autograph signings
Damien Stone has moved out of the Stonehard Boxing facility and relocated at the Devil Dogs Boxing Club in Chandler. No official word on why the transition was made.
Boxing Trainer Tom Garcia, Grant Park Gym, is leaving his old digs early next year and moving into a new facility on the North side of Phoenix.
The original Top Level Gym(16th Street and Oak in Phoenix) was managed by Ron Perryman who turned in his speed bag for a print shop which is located downstairs beneath the old TLG site. Five Time World Champion Michael Carbajal worked out at the facility; back in the day.
Lightweight Arlo "Encino Man" Argueta will fight on the Mayhem in Mesa Card against Cory Muldrew in a 4 round contest. Encino Man was formerly known as "Fistful of Aces" but his California roots persuaded him to acknowledge his past . Arlo is 4-0 and Muldrew is winless at 0-2. Argueta stepped away from boxing for awhile but he wasn’t happy and now he is.....
Cruiserweights Robert Garcia Jr. and Eddie Martinez Jr. (Grant Park Gym) are hunting for a pro debut date.
2012 Olympian Isaac Dogboe (Ghana) will make Arizona training home once the immigration gods clear him to leave London where he currently works out with his father/trainer Paul Dogboe. According to his boxing publicist Emily Pandelakis, the 18 year old boxer might land in Arizona by early 2013 and turn professional soon after his arrival. The youngster was eliminated in the first round of the 2012 Olympics and the "controversial" decision was greeted with a chorus of boos and a string of negative comments filed by writers covering the event.
Arizona Sports 620 Producer Pablo Rios produces two on air shows and Boxing fans should note that one of his shows (The Power MMA Show) includes a two minute boxing segment on every show. I know it sounds like a small bone for boxing fans but Talk Radio in Phoenix has virtually ignored boxing in recent years with the exception of Sports reporter Gary Cruz who used to box Golden Gloves. So, three cheers for Pablo who is a lifetime boxing fan.....
December 28, 2012